Category: General

Progress Report on Okura Walkway Construction

When I was invited to accompany Alistair Smith from DOC on an inspection of the new Okura Walkway track upgrade last Friday, I jumped at the chance. At this time of year, when the kowhais are flowering, sections of the track are covered in a carpet of golden flowers, and dozens of drunken tui serenade walkers as they pass by.…

Urgent Help Needed

Developers Pursue Urbanisation – Okura Estuary Under Threat! Dear Supporters, Friends of Okura Bush, Dacre Cottage management, Keep Okura Green and Long Bay Okura Great Park Society joined together to fight urbanization in this precious area under the umbrella of the Okura Environmental Group. LBOGPS has been through a couple of Environmental Court cases already and hence they are our…

Okura Bush Track Closed

In the August 31 North Shore Times: Department of Conservation launches track upgrades The Department of Conservation has started work on a track upgrade in Okura Bush they say will prevent the spread of kauri dieback. The walkway serves more than 60,000 visitors per year and will be closed for approximately 10 weeks while contractors work on the track. The…

Okura Hills and Estuary Saved!

Awesome News! Council voted to keep the Rural Urban Boundary where it is!! It was great to see that the councillors placed more value on protecting the Okura environment than on development. We can now continue to enjoy the tranquility of the Okura Marine Reserve and it’s magical surrounds.

Stand up to protect Unique Okura Estuary

Stand up to Protect the Unique Okura Estuary. Meet on Monday at 10.45am in the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Queen Street. Please help us on this momentous occasion and stand up against urbanisation destroying the precious Okura Estuary. This Monday Council will make their final decision on whether they will allow urban development on the southern side of Okura Estuary.…

Save the Okura Estuary Petition

The Auckland Unitary Plan Hearings Panel’s recommendation to move the Rural Urban Boundary will permit Todd Property Ltd. to carry out an extensive housing development on the southern side of the Okura Estuary. The development will irrevocably destroy the quiet natural beauty of the area. Please let the council know that you want the estuary saved by signing the Long…

Bird Count Training Day 3rd Sept. 9am-Noon

Hello everyone, Yes it is getting close to our annual October bird count. Thank you to everyone who participated last year. What a wonderful time we had counting the different types of bird song in Okura Bush. Welcome to the new volunteers. We look forward to meeting you at our training session. We are very fortunate to have Sarah Wells…

Hibiscusmatters: Rats Knocked Down at Okura

In the June 15th issue of Hibiscusmatters Page 25: Members of the Friends of Okura Bush environmental group celebrate the cull of 23 rats in their Knock Down event. Nick Morgan measured and weighed each rat to determine the prize-winners. These Ka Mate traps, designed in Marlborough, are already producing good results in Okura Bush. A total of 60 of…

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